13 Care of People with Mental Health Problems

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 13, Care of People with Mental Health Problems, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Mental health problems in primary care are common. The range of mental health problems encountered by a GP is large, and includes for example: adjustment reactions (normal responses to external circumstances); short- or longer-term disability associated with symptoms of depression and anxiety (which can be defined psychiatrically with diagnoses such as depression, but can also be seen as socially constructed); and schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (with a clearer biological basis, more easily defined from symptoms, but also with significant social meaning and consequences). These can coexist with each other, and also with problems related to consumption of alcohol or drugs, and with problems resulting from difficult traits and personality types.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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GPs spend one working day in five on mental health

GPs spend one working day in five on mental health

GPs spend over a day's worth of consultations per working week treating patients...

One in three dementia cases preventable through lifestyle changes

One in three dementia cases preventable through lifestyle changes

Researchers have urged GPs to 'be ambitious about prevention' after finding that...

Clinical review: Eating disorders

Clinical review: Eating disorders

The diagnosis and management of eating disorders in primary care, covering validated...

Antidepressant prescribing rising faster than any other drug

Antidepressant prescribing rising faster than any other drug

Almost 4m more antidepressants were prescribed in the community in 2016 over the...

Self-harm in children and young people
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Self-harm in children and young people

How to recognise the signs and symptoms of self-harm in young people and the common...

Group-based mindfulness therapy 'as effective' as individual CBT

Group-based mindfulness therapy 'as effective' as individual CBT

Group mindfulness therapy is as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)...

Insulin resistance linked to 'faster cognitive decline' and impaired memory

Insulin resistance linked to 'faster cognitive decline' and impaired memory

Insulin resistance is associated with accelerated cognitive decline, poor cognitive...

Generalised anxiety disorder: clinical review
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Generalised anxiety disorder: clinical review

An overview of the diagnosis and management of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD),...

Extend GP mental health training to improve eating disorder care

Extend GP mental health training to improve eating disorder care

The RCGP has refuted claims that GPs are not trained to treat patients with eating...

NHS health service for GPs opens across England
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NHS health service for GPs opens across England

GPs seeking help with depression, addiction, stress and other mental health issues...

Depression 'fastest growing condition' as GPs record 470,000 new cases in 2015/16

Depression 'fastest growing condition' as GPs record 470,000 new cases in 2015/16

GPs recorded an additional 470,000 patients with depression through the QOF last...

Schizophrenia: clinical review

Schizophrenia: clinical review

Incidence of psychosis and schizophrenia, recognition of signs and symptoms, the...

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